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This article refers to the enemy. For the soundtrack, see The Searchers.
The Searchers are the main enemies that first appear in Chapter 2 from Bendy and the Ink Machine.

Background

Description

The Searchers resemble humanoid figures entirely made of black ink. They have elongated arms and their bodies seem to melt into giant puddles of ink. Each hand possesses three fingers, with two longer ones closely resembling a tuning fork. Whenever they move, they leave ink trails behind.

Their ghoulish faces sport a gaping mouth, a protruding jaw, and two indentations in the place of eyes. Their face also seems to be painted with brownish-yellow colors.

Strategy

Searchers come in packs and follow Henry to attack. Upon hitting them with the axe, they will collapse into ink globs and disappear, allowing Henry to continue. The best way to hit them wisely without receiving damage is to wait for them until they're about to lunge towards Henry.

However, the Searchers can be very dangerous if they crowd against Henry in a large pack. If Henry gets attacked by them enough, Henry will be killed, sending him straight back to the respawn point. Or, if far enough into the chapter from the ritual room, Henry will be sent back to the sacrifice ritual. However, if Henry outruns the Searchers, they will disappear back into the ink and will only come back if Henry gets back near the puddle of ink.

They collapse into pieces even after taking just a single hit, or simply running into obstacles or walls. Afterwards, the ink, glob-like masses where the Searchers spawned from slowly shrinks away presumably retreating to wait for another opportunity to strike again.

Appearances

Chapter 2: The Old Song

Their moaning sound is first heard when opening the entrance to the music department after completing the first puzzle.

They are first seen as large amount of "lifeless" ink globs. They can also spawn from ink puddles. The Searchers become active after enabling the "POWER" switch from the stairs.

They are first encountered in the music department hall. One can be encountered in the inky hall and the stairs. After opening Wally's Closet, one can be encountered at the ink-flooded entrance to Sammy's office, another one near the music department hall. They can later be encountered in the orchestra room as well as Sammy's sanctuary after activating the flow pump. Furthermore, they are encountered in the ritual room for the last time.

Audio

Description Audio
The Searchers' voice for when opening their mouth.
SFX Searchers Voiice Mouth Open 01
SFX Searchers Voiice Mouth Open 02
SFX Searchers Voiice Mouth Open 03
SFX Searchers Voiice Mouth Open 04
SFX Searchers Voiice Mouth Open 05
SFX Searchers Voiice Mouth Open 06
SFX Searchers Voiice Mouth Open 07
SFX Searchers Voiice Mouth Open 08
SFX Searchers Voiice Mouth Open 09
SFX Searchers Voiice Mouth Open 10
The Searchers' voice for when attacking Henry.
SFX Searchers Voiice Attack 01
SFX Searchers Voiice Attack 02
SFX Searchers Voiice Attack 03
SFX Searchers Voiice Attack 04
SFX Searchers Voiice Attack 05
SFX Searchers Voiice Attack 06
SFX Searchers Voiice Attack 07
SFX Searchers Voiice Attack 08
SFX Searchers Voiice Attack 09
The Searchers' voice for when getting hurt.
SFX Searchers Voiice Hurt 01
SFX Searchers Voiice Hurt 02
SFX Searchers Voiice Hurt 03
SFX Searchers Voiice Hurt 04
SFX Searchers Voiice Hurt 05
SFX Searchers Voiice Hurt 06
The sound produced when a Searcher is killed by the axe.
SFX Axe Hit 01
SFX Axe Hit 02
SFX Axe Hit 03
SFX Axe Hit 04
SFX Axe Hit 05
SFX Axe Hit 06
SFX Axe Hit 07
SFX Axe Hit 08

Trivia

  • There's a theory that the Searchers could be other workers corrupted by ink from Sillyvision, similar to Sammy.
    • This can be further supported by their voices resembling human moans.
    • Though, the Searchers may have come from ink that flows from the Ink Machine itself.
    • Another theory is that the ink writing found on the walls of the building may have been written by the Searchers as a way to communicate with Bendy, if Sammy is any indication.
    • It's also possible that the Searchers are the workers specifically in Sammy's music department as they guard areas of it, are not seen until Henry enters the music department, and attack in a large group as Sammy watches from the audience.
  • Similar to Sammy, the Searchers have their own soundtrack of the same name.
  • The Searchers have their own Patreon named "The Searcher Dance Party", where Mike Mood showcases them as rag dolls doing random things.
  • The Searchers, Sammy's monster self, Boris, and "Bendy" are the only characters which the models are released on Steam Workshop.
  • It is theorized that the name Searchers have a meaning.
  • It is unknown if they will appear in Chapter 3.

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